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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Jun 24, 2010 3:15am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

"The Woman Eater" (1958, UK, schlock fi, whacko George Coulouris, babe munching begonia, Vera Day exhibits her two good points)*
"Four Sided Triangle" (1953, UK, okay sci fi melodrama, good cast, Barbara Payton times 2)*
"The Man From Planet X" (1951, respectable low-budget B, spooky alien)
"The Jungle" (1952, Indian co-production, good production values and music, elephants wearing fur coats - really!)*
"The Wizard of Mars" (1965, plywood space ship, rubber rafting on desert planet Mars, John Carridine's disembodied head)*
"The Mysterious Island" (1929, partial sound silent, Lionel Barrymore, Incredible "undersea" scenes, an indescribable must see)

*available from Netflix

As ever, thanks guys!

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 24, 2010 4:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

The Man from Planet X, The Wizard of Mars, The Jungle are under copyright. Four Sided Triangle had it's copyright GATT-restored. I found a renewal for a Columbia Pictures movie call Woman Eater (1959, in notice 1957). It's probably not the same film, but I included information on it anyway, just in case.


Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000028389 / 1979-05-15
Renewal registration for: LP0000000983 / 1951-04-27
Title: The Man from Planet X. By Sherrill C. Corwin.
Copyright Claimant: United Artists Television, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: The Man from Planet X.
Names: Corwin, Sherrill C.
United Artists Television, Inc.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000671951 / 1993-12-21
Renewal registration for: PA0000691132 / 1965-09-01
Title: The wizard of Mars. By David L. Hewitt & Associates.
Copyright Claimant: Republic Pictures Corporation (PWH)
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: The wizard of Mars
Names: David L. Hewitt & Associates
Republic Pictures Corporation

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000043121 / 1980-01-03
Renewal registration for: LP0000001913 / 1952-07-21
Title: The Jungle. By Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: Weiss Global Enterprises (PWH)

Variant title: The Jungle.
Names: Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Weiss Global Enterprises

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000043120 / 1980-01-03
Renewal registration for: LP0000001837 / 1952-07-21
Title: The Jungle. By Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Claimant: Weiss Global Enterprises (PWH)

Variant title: The Jungle.
Names: Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Weiss Global Enterprises

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000959317 / 1999-06-29
Title: Four-sided triangle / directed by Terrence Fisher.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Date of Publication: 1953
Authorship on Application: Exclusive Films, Ltd.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration.

Names: Fisher, Terrence
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.
Exclusive Films, Ltd.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000227810 / 1985-01-15
Renewal registration for: LP0000014163 / 1959-06-13 (in notice: 1957)
Title: Woman eater. By Columbia Pictures Corporation.
Copyright Claimant: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: Woman eater
Names: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Jun 24, 2010 10:26am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

I went back to recheck that I'd given you the correct info on "The Woman Eater." I had, but it turns out that's not the whole story. The original 1958 UK title was "Womaneater" (producer Fortress Films, Ltd). It became "The Woman Eater" when it was released here in 1959 by Columbia Pictures. So it looks like it is the same flick, and under copyright. Oh well.

Too bad about "The Jungle." It was a Lippert/Indian co-production, with Lippert just supplying a few American actors, and a basic script. The Indian production team did all the rest. As a result it's an okay flick with some great pre-bollywood Indian music. BTW, the elephants in full head and body fur coats were impersonating woolly mammoths. You gotta see it to believe it.

Well, at least the most important film in the bunch is PD. As far as I know "The Mysterious Island" was the first US sci fi mega production, eclipsing "The Lost World" many times over in cost and production values. Its huge cast of bizarre "undersea creatures" and their equally bizarre undersea world, defy description. I know a good quality print exists, but finding a source to copy it from may be impossible. I saw the complete film only once, and that was years ago on public TV.

Thanks again for all your help.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 24, 2010 10:51am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

I couldn't check The Mysterious Island. I can only check films registered in or after 1978 or renewed up to 28 years earlier, 1950. Maybe Moongleam can check it.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jun 24, 2010 2:05pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, a photoplay
in ten reels by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributing Corp. O 280ct29;
L799. Loew's Incorporated (PWH);
6Jun57; R193U21.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Jun 24, 2010 3:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

That means it's in the clutches of TCM, probably never to be seen again. Thanks, Moongleam.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 24, 2010 7:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

TCM plays "The Mysterious Island" quite a lot. Record it off there. I did.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 24, 2010 7:50pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

My children and I recently watched MI - rolling on the floor laughter
TCM is one of my fav. " channels " . Robert Osborne is a small demi-god
Am I about to be hammered ?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Jun 25, 2010 7:57am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Don’t get me started on TCM. We would be here all day. However I am glad to hear "The Mysterious Island" is being cablecast often. Unfortunately recording it isn't an option, since my community-based, non-profit cable system doesn't carry TCM. Ah, the joys of the boondocks!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 25, 2010 9:41am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Gimmie one blast ( or two ) on TCM - just don't touch Osbourne ( unless he needs it , of course )

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jun 25, 2010 8:01am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

I haven't had cable or broadcast TV in twenty years! The only time I ever turn on the TV is to watch a DVD.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Jun 25, 2010 9:00am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Ah, a truly civilized man with his brain cells still intact!

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jun 25, 2010 9:05am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Barely! :)

Everyone I know seems stunned when I tell them we have no cable or broadcast TV, and I have no videogames other than the Solitaire and Mahjonng on my PC. No Playstation, X-Box or Wii in this house. No MP3 players or iPhones, just a cheap cell phone for emergencies. When I really retire I'll get rid of everything but a few books, a few CDs, and the cat, and we'll move to a little place faaaaar away from the city. Ah, peace!

So I'm a Luddite...sue me! ;)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 25, 2010 9:35am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Tis a gift to be simple
Tis a gift to be free
Tis a gift to come down
Where we ought to be

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Poster: tristero Date: Jun 25, 2010 10:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Same here, going on 5 years. A tv but no cable, satellite or aerial hookup. We use the set to watch DVDs, and to display the video output of a laptop to watch internet-based media such as IA feature films. I'm done with commercial tv. Whatever's worth watching comes out on DVD soon enough, and then I can get caught up if I want to. But most of what I really enjoy is right here (thanks to billbarstad, moongleam, guyzilla, k-otic, and everyone else!)

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 24, 2010 9:24pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Get yer kevlar, bub.

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Poster: quigs Date: Jun 24, 2010 9:49am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Does that mean "The Mysterious Island" is available?

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 24, 2010 10:54am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi and Schlock Fi Wish List - PD? (The Sequel)

Not necessarily. See below.